COMPENSATION AND ENTITLEMENT ADVICE
Service in the Australian Defence Force is unique and can be an inherently dangerous occupation. Accidents happen and can result in personal injury or the onset of medical conditions. The paperwork then required to secure your relevant benefits and entitlements can be very complex. Phil, Gerry and Ian are here to help you navigate the MRCA, SRCA and VEA legislation to ensure you are receiving your relevant entitlements from DVA. Our services are free, regardless of whether you are an RSL member or not. Phone: (07) 4051 5254.
Gerry joined the Air Force in 1966 at the age of sixteen and was posted to Wagga Wagga in NSW to complete an Engine Fitter Apprenticeship. Throughout his twenty year career in the Air Force, Gerry spent most of his time posted to the northern regions of Townsville, Darwin and Amberley with his final posting to Edinburgh in South Australia where he retired as a Sergeant in 1986. Gerry joined the Cairns RSL Sub Branch after requiring assistance with a claim to DVA realising there was a real need for more volunteers. Gerry is qualified as a Level Three Advocate.
Team Leader Phil Watson is a former RAEME (Army Aviation) Warrant Officer Class 1 with twenty two years’ service, including two tours of Vietnam with 161 Recce Squadron. He was seconded to the RAAF for three years and after leaving the Army worked for three years at HMAS Cairns thus giving him exposure to all three services.
Phil has been a Cairns RSL Sub Branch Volunteer Senior Compensation Officer for over 9 years and more recently won FNQ Volunteer of the year. Phil is a level four Advocate as well as the Far Northern District RSL representative on Queensland Veterans Services Advisory Committee (QVSAC).
Ian Richards is a former RAAF Warrant Officer with thirty years’ service including two years deployed in Malaysia. He was the Senior NCO in charge of several General Engineering workshops and was one of only a few people to serve in all three major Aircraft Depots, namely Laverton, Richmond and Amberley. Before his retirement he was for several years the Facilities Officer and Wing Warrant Officer for 501 Wing, the largest unit at that time in the Air Force.
Ian is a level two Pensions Officer.